NORTH HILL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR: Joan Welles COORDINATORS: Krissy Fleming & Rebekah Seaman OFFICE: I-1 (Arts & Crafts) PHONE: 781-433-6306 or 781-433-6340 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 - 3:00 – G-1 – Music Social with Carolyn Frost. Today’s program will be Vacation Songs. All welcome to join in the fun! Refreshments will be served. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 – 7:30 – At Your Own Discretion Movie Night – In addition to our once monthly New Release Movie Night, the Social Activities Department will occasionally be offering yet another movie choice, films that may not be appropriate for all residents, but are perfectly acceptable to others. A request has been made by residents to offer movies that have received good ratings, but also might have, for example, more sensual subject matter. With that in mind, our first offering is a dark romantic comedy, titled Venus, starring Peter O’Toole as veteran actor Maurice, whose quiet golden years turn topsy- turvy when he falls for a very young and brash nude model. Director Roger Mitchell’s poignant May-December romance is a tale of love, lust and the endless pursuit of vitality and youth by a man whose life is drawing to a close. Film legend O’Toole infuses his aging character with his own timeless exuberance and charisma, earning him an Oscar nomination. THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 – 2:00 – Auditorium – Town Hall Meeting with Kevin Burke – Residents are invited to either join Kevin in person, or watch the meeting on Channel 9 (or 909 on digital boxes) in the comfort of their apartments. FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 – 2:00 - I-1 – Video (60 min.) - Alaska – the Inside Passage. The people, places, history, art, wildlife and natural wonders found in America’s last frontier. FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 – 7:20 – Auditorium – Resident sponsored Duplicate Bridge. Bring $1.00 and a partner. SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 – 10:00 – G-1 – Prayer Shawl Ministry – All welcome. SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 – 7:30 – Auditorium – Movie (111 min.) – Breach - Soon after landing a plum job working for FBI operative Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) realizes he's been brought in to spy on his boss, who's suspected of selling secrets to the Soviets. But can O'Neill handle such an important assignment with so little field experience, or will Hanssen get to him first? Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert also star in director Billy Ray's high-stakes thriller based on a true story. SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 – 5:30 – Auditorium – Music Video (71 min.) – The Irish Tenors – John McDermott, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan recorded this performance with a 60–piece orchestra in front of an ecstatic Dublin audience. This concert is an exciting celebration of the soul of Ireland, its people and landscape. All residents are invited. Refreshments will be served. MONDAY, AUGUST 6 – 2:00 – G-1 – Bingo! All welcome to play. Bring 25¢ per card, per game. The final game is free and a $5 gift certificate to the North Hill Store will be awarded to the winner. TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 – 9:30 – I-1 – Art Class – A continuation of Techniques for Drawing and Painting with Watercolors. Refreshments will be served. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 – 3:00 – G-1 – Music Social with Carolyn Frost. Today’s program will be Music Charades. All welcome to join in the fun! Refreshments will be served. THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 – 1:30 – Auditorium – Poetry Class with Professor Narrett – The poem to be discussed is On the Medusa of Leonardo DaVinci by Percy Bysshe Shelley. All residents are welcome to attend. Copies of the poem are available in I-1 in advance. THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 – 7:30 – Auditorium - Art Matters: Women Artists - Part II: The 20th Century. Women artists, capable of the art of creation as well as the creation of art, have historically proved threatening to the male establishment. There are many examples of how she has flourished and failed, been celebrated and crushed, of those who could have the best of both worlds and those who could not. Join us for a new look and a discussion about the women who have made art in the 20 th Century. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 – 2:00 – I-1 – Video (50 min.) – Ark of the Covenant – Legend has it that the original Ten Commandments handed down from God to Moses were placed inside an ark in Jerusalem. But where is the ark today? This exciting search for the ark travels to ancient Palestine to dig for answers. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 – 7:20 – Auditorium – Resident sponsored Duplicate Bridge. Bring $1.00 and a partner. SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 – 10:00 - G-1 – Prayer Shawl Ministry – All welcome. SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 - 7:30 – Auditorium – Movie (111 min.) – The Paper Chase - Hart (Timothy Bottoms) is a Harvard Law School freshman struggling to get by even as he falls in love with the daughter (Lindsay Wagner) of a tyrannical professor (John Houseman, in an Oscar-winning performance). Based on the novel by John Jay Osborn Jr., this 1973 drama -- whose success inspired a TV series -- accurately depicts a world of high pressure and brutal competition, where top grades seem like the difference between life and death. SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 – 5:15 – Auditorium – Classical Interlude with Professor Tompkins. Today’s program will be “Remembering Slava.” It’s a memorial for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, featuring his playing of parts of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, and a video of the “Rococo Variations” by Tchaikovsky. All residents and their guests are invited. Refreshments will be served at intermission. MONDAY, AUGUST 13 - 2:00 – G-1 – Bingo! All welcome to play. Bring 25¢ per card, per game. The final game is free and a $5 gift certificate to the North Hill Store will be awarded to the winner. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 – 9:30 – I-1 – Art Class - Final class in the series of six taught by Henriette Scherft for this summer. Henriette will return for another series of classes starting on Tuesday, September 4. Refreshments will be served. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 – 1:00 – Auditorium – Duplicate Bridge for Everyone with David Metcalf. Both “regular” duplicate bridge and “duplicate bridge for the intimidated” will be held in the same room. Cost is $3 CASH per session. Come with a partner, or find a new partner at the game. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 – 3:00 – G-1 – Music Social with Carolyn Frost. Today’s program will be Songs by Perry Como. All welcome to join in the fun! Refreshments will be served. THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 – 7:30 – Auditorium – Double Play presents “Musical Mural.” North Hill welcomes back the world’s only professional flute and tuba duo! Husband Patrick Scianella (Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music) plays the tuba and wife, Amy Ridings (graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory) joins in on the flute. Their new, eclectic program features works by Rossini, Handel, Kane, Sousa, Borodin, Godard and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Don’t miss this charming and very special annual event! FRIDAY, AUGUST 17– 2:00 – I-1 – Video (72 min.) – True-Life Adventures – White Wilderness – You will see wondrous scenes of spectacular landscapes and true-life adventures of native wildlife, including walruses, polar bears, lemmings, and vicious predators in this Academy Award-winning film! FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 – 7:20 – Auditorium – Resident sponsored Duplicate Bridge. Bring $1.00 and a partner. All residents are invited. SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 – 10:00 – G-1 – Prayer Shawl Ministry – All welcome. SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 – 7:30 – Auditorium – Movie (90 min.) – Best in Show - Mockumentarian Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) is at it again with this snarky send-up of canine culture. Buoyed by talented improvisers Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean and Catherine O'Hara, Best in Show traverses the galloping neuroses that surround one highly competitive dog show. SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 – 5:15 – Auditorium – Music - with Class! presented by Jack Craig. Experience some of Broadway’s greatest music by singing your way right through the synopsis of a landmark musical, South Pacific by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. This program has information on the creation of the show and affords you the chance to sing the great songs from the score including: There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, Younger Than Springtime, Some Enchanted Evening, and all the other hits from the score. It’s a perfect program for those who truly love Broadway musicals, and wouldn’t be satisfied with just one or two songs from a show! All residents are invited. Refreshments will be served. MONDAY, AUGUST 20 - 2:00 – G-1 – Bingo! All welcome to play. Bring 25¢ per card, per game. The final game is free and a $5 gift certificate to the North Hill Store will be awarded to the winner. MONDAY, AUGUST 20 – 3:00 – I-1* - Summer Book Group –All residents are welcome to attend the meeting, but they must provide their own paperback copy. The novel selected for this month’s discussion is Beach Road at James Patterson. Call Edna Grace (444-2981) or Jane Welt (455-0580) for more information. *Please note change of location for the summer only. TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 – 9:30 – I-1 – Art Workshop – Come down and work independently on your own art projects. TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 – 1:30 – Auditorium – Trivial Pursuit – led by Krissy & Rebekah. Laugh, learn and stimulate your brain all at the same time! If you would like to join this fun group, come on down and give it a try. On schedule for September is a rematch with the residents of Orchard Cove in Canton, MA., so this will be our last practice session. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 - 3:00 – G-1 – Music Social with Carolyn Frost. Today’s program will be Name That Tune. All welcome to join in the fun! Refreshments will be served. THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 – 3:00 - 5:00 & 7:30 – 9:00 – Auditorium – North Hill Video Opera Series Presents: A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Swedish motion picture “Smiles of a Summer Night,” in a fine production by the New York City Opera. Commentary provided by Professor Howard Tompkins. Plan supper on your own for the break from 5 to 7:30pm. All residents and their guests are welcome. FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 – 2:00 – I-1 – Video (69 min.) – True-Life Adventures – The Living Desert – Incredibly desolate…yet beautiful, this is the eternal paradox known as the desert. And although first glance reveals little more than stones and sand, this land is alive! ....with moving rocks, spitting mud pots and gorgeous flowers … and the never-ending battle for survival between desert creatures of every shape, size and description. FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 – 7:20 – Auditorium – Resident sponsored Duplicate Bridge. Bring $1.00 and a partner. All residents are invited. SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 - 10:00 – G-1 – Prayer Shawl Ministry – All welcome. SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 - 7:30 – Auditorium – Movie (102 min.) – Three Coins in a Fountain - Three American women (Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara) pin their hopes for love on wishes they make as they toss coins into the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome. Their wishes come true … but only in a way that writer John H. Secondari (who wrote the novel on which the film is based) could have imagined! Frank Sinatra croons the title tune, which won an Oscar for Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn in 1954. Jean Negulesco directs. SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 – to be announced. MONDAY, AUGUST 27 - 2:00 – G-1 – Bingo! All welcome to play. Bring 25¢ per card, per game. The final game is free and a $5 gift certificate to the North Hill Store will be awarded to the winner. TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 - 9:30 – I-1 - Art Workshop – Come down and work independently on your own art projects. TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 - 1:00 – Auditorium – Duplicate Bridge for Everyone with David Metcalf. Both “regular” duplicate bridge and “duplicate bridge for the intimidated” will be held in the same room. Cost is $3 CASH per session. Come with a partner, or find a new partner at the game. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 – New Release Movie Night (124 min.) – Iron Jawed Angels - From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Wilson and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 – 2:00 – Auditorium – Birthday Party for July & August Celebrants - Humorist, author, and musician Mel Simons, presents “The Life & Songs of Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante and George Gershwin.” You will be served cake and champagne and receive a free meal voucher as a birthday gift. Please RSVP by calling 781-433-6340. FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 - 2:00 – I-1 – Video (72 min.) – True-Life Adventures – The African Lion – Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, this timeless and captivating film captures the sights and sounds of the African plateau region and all of its inhabitants. Follow a family of lions through the changing seasons, experience the thrill of the hunt, and the heartwarming joy of a mother lion caring for her playful cubs. FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 - 7:20 – Auditorium – Resident sponsored Duplicate Bridge. Bring $1.00 and a partner. All residents are invited. Saturday at the Movies 7:30 pm Auditorium Saturday, August 4 Breach Saturday, August 11 The Paper Chase Saturday, August 18 Best in Show Saturday, August 25 Three Coins in a Fountain In – House Classes and Activities Let Joan Welles, Director of Social Activities; know if you have any suggestions for in-house classes this fall. She will need to know the topic that interests you and/or a suggestion for a teacher with a contact phone number. The following are classes being offered this month: Art Class with Henriette Scherft North Hill’s new Art Instructor, Henriette (pronounced Henrietta) Scherft teaches both Techniques of Drawing and Techniques of Painting with Watercolors. The summer series of classes continues through the first two Tuesdays in August, the 7th and 14th. There will then be a two week hiatus, and the Fall Series begins on Tuesday, September 4. This is a perfect opportunity for residents who have felt a desire to either learn how to draw and paint or to refresh their own skills to do so with a professional teacher. Call Joan Welles at 781-433-6306 to be added to the class. Duplicate Bridge for Everyone ~ Tuesday Afternoon Both “regular” duplicate Bridge and “duplicate bridge for the intimidated” with David Metcalf will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Auditorium. Cost will be $3.00 cash per person for the session (given that day to Krissy, who will then pay instructor.) All Residents welcome – with or without a partner. Duplicate Bridge ~ Friday Night On Friday evenings at 7:20 pm in the Auditorium residents are invited to come with a partner and play Duplicate Bridge. This is resident sponsored and does not involve any instruction. To avoid the necessity of signing up ahead of time, please be seated by 7:20 so the exact number of players present is known and play can begin promptly at 7:30. Please bring $1.00. Open to all! Brown Bag Lunch Brown Bag Lunch is on hiatus until September. North Hill Book Group A new Summer Book Group has been organized to meet during July and August to discuss a paperback book that residents must provide on their own. Beach Road by James Patterson has been selected for discussion in August. In September, Howard Tompkins will review The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama. For more information, please contact Edna Grace (444-2981) or Jane Welt (455- 0580). North Hill Chorus North Hill Chorus with Director Holly Sullivan is on hiatus for the summer. North Hill Free Flow Forum Free Flow Forum is on hiatus until September. Classical Interlude Recorded classical music concerts with commentary about the works, composers, and historical times, take place twice a month hosted by Professor Howard Tompkins, a North Hill resident. These Sunday evening programs feature orchestra and chamber music drawn from the Professor’s collection of over 4,000 classical music items. All residents are invited and refreshments are served during an intermission. Hospitality Room ~ G-1 Visit the Hospitality Room on Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 11:30am for coffee, muffins, Danish and conversation. All welcome! SATURDAYS – 10:00 am – G-1 – Prayer Shawl Ministry – A Prayer Shawl Ministry is held and open to all residents. Yarn will be provided (unless you are making an item for your personal use.) This year there will be a concentration on making hats and mittens. MONDAYS - 2:00 pm – G-1 - BINGO! Only 25 cents per card, per game. All residents are invited to come and join the fun with resident callers. Refreshments served. Please call Joan if you would like to be a caller! WEDNESDAYS - 3:00 pm – G-1 – Music Social - with Carolyn Frost. Carolyn is a Music Therapist in the Skilled Nursing Facility. No musical ability is required for this activity – a fun time is had by all! Library Our library is open every day, well into the evening. If you need help, please ask any of the Library Committee members. If you wish to borrow from our collection of audio books come to the library on Thursday afternoons for help in making selections. Select also from a changing supply of large print books, CDs and DVDs in the front room. Magazines and newspapers are also available to be read in the library. North Hill’s Program Committee members welcome your feedback! The members of the Program Committee are eager to get your personal feedback on programs and trips, as well as receive suggestions for new events. Communication is the key! You may contact: Philip Bagley, Doris Gardner, Celeste Garr, Leonard Greenbaum, Don Kaiser, Walt Kelly, Glo McCreery, Vicky O’Gorman, Bob Parry, Lois Rockwell, Jane Sears, Jim Shaw, Diana Tichner, Charles Wood and Joan Welles. North Hill’s Resident Movie Selection Committee Members are Gwynn Crowther, Jean DeLorenzo Hope Ely, Leonard Greenbaum, Ann Holden, Don Kaiser and Barbara Levings. Please feel free to share with them your suggestions and requests. OFF-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Please note: you must sign up for transportation to the following events in advance: August Trips Our bus seats 36 and we often have reservations for a specific number of tickets. ALL trips are on a “first come” basis. Sign up NOW in I-1 for ALL trips. Times listed are when the bus leaves; please try to board ahead of time. To sign up for a trip, write your name on one line of the list. (COUPONS WILL NO LONGER BE NECESSARY.) You will authorize payment for the trip with your signature on the list. Your signature will also be your guarantee that you have a space reserved on the bus and for the event. For trips that are “sign on the bus,” you will be asked to sign an attendance list on the bus. New Trip Cancellation Policy We are requesting that residents who would like to cancel their spot on any trip (other than the $3 – sign on the bus trips) do so by filling out the new PINK cancellation slips that are available at the Front Desk or in I-1. If you are unwell and can’t fill out your slip, a friend may do so for you, or you may ask that a slip be put in your in-house mailbox. We hope that this new policy will reduce human error, allow residents on the Wait List the opportunity to attend the event, and help us to reimburse as many people as possible. One Friday a month, we will offer a lunch trip to a restaurant selected by North Hill’s newest committee – the Lunch Bunch Committee. The committee will use suggestions and menus from various restaurants to vote on which ones we will visit. All residents are welcome to sign up for these lunch outings. Any restaurant requests can be made to a committee member (Bob Bierweiler, Susan Chamberlain, Alice Cousins, Nancy Dwyer, Doris Gardner, Shotzie May, Mildred Piltch, Connie Riesenberg, and Diana Tichner.) You may also make suggestions to Krissy at 781-433-6340 and she will gladly share them with the committee. Wednesday, August 1 – 9:00 – Charles River Cruise and Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Enjoy a 60-minute cruise around the Charles River Basin as the Captain points out the most historic sights of Boston and Cambridge. View Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, M.I.T. and Harvard as you cruise past countless sailboats and rowers. This wonderful sightseeing cruise will be followed by lunch at the scrumptious Cheesecake Factory. Your lunch will be followed by a slice of their famous cheesecake! Cost is $33, which includes everything (except alcoholic beverages.) Sign up in I-1 right away! This trip is a North Hill favorite, and may sell out fast! Friday, August 3 – 9:00 – SPECIAL ADDED TRIP – Join us for a two hour musical revue, titled Footlights and Fancy Free, featuring members of the Reagle Players Musical Theatre Classes, performing at the Kennedy School in Waltham, MA. These young performers have been coached by some of the stars of this summer’s Reagle Players productions, including soprano Sarah Pfisterer who recently appeared as Anna in The King and I to great acclaim. Cost is $3. Please sign up IMMEDIATELY in I-1 or call 781-433-6340 to be placed on the list. Wednesday, August 8 – 9:45 – LOBSTER DAY – We return to our favorite Bill Foster’s Downeast Clambake in York Harbor, Maine, once again for succulent Maine lobster and buttery hot steamers, cooked over an open wood fire + award-winning chowder, mussels, corn, roasted red bliss potatoes and onions, and blueberry crumb cake – a real summer feast! (You may order ½ of a barbecued chicken if you don’t care for lobster.) While you are dining, you will be entertained by Leighton Holt, who will perform a medley of musical favorites. The cost is $32, which includes everything except alcoholic beverages at the cash bar. Please sign up IMMEDIATELY (it would help if we had the count by Monday, August 6) or call 781-433-6340 to be placed on the list. Friday, August 10 – 1:00 – Trip to the Liquor Store. Sign up at the Front Desk. This is a free trip. Friday, August 10 – 6:30 – Trip to the Reagle Players’ Production of 42nd Street for those signed-up. Check in I-1 for cancellations. Wednesday, August 15 – 12:00 – (Resident Requested) – Bus departs for the Boston Duck Tour – Climb aboard this authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle and the fun begins! During this combination land and water narrated tour, you will learn little known facts about Boston and view such notable sights as the State House, Fleet Center, Boston Common, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market and Government Center. Total cost is $24. We need 20 residents to proceed with this trip. PLEASE SIGN UP IN I-1 IMMEDIATELY. DEADLINE FOR SIGN-UP IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8. TO INSURE THAT WE HAVE SEATS! Friday, August 17 – 12:30 – Trip to the Burlington Mall - an upscale center anchored by Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Sears. Burlington Mall features more than 155 specialty shops and a 775-seat Food Court. Stop by Ann Taylor, Coach, J.Jill, Talbots, Eddie Bauer, or L'Occitane during your next visit. Come to Legal Sea Foods, Rainforest Cafe, or The Cheesecake Factory for a unique dining experience. You will be given 1½ hours on your own to shop or eat. Sign up in I-1. Cost is $3 for transportation. Wednesday, August 22 – 9:45 - Trip to Marblehead, MA. A coastal community located 18 miles north of Boston, Marblehead is famous for its un-surpassed contributions to the American Revolution and Civil War. Today, its quaint narrow streets and historic 17th and 18th Century buildings mirror Marblehead as it has existed since its founding in 1629. Upon our arrival, Bette Hunt, Marblehead’s Town Historian will join us as our step-on narrator for a one hour historical and anecdotal tour of this charming town. Next we have lunch at The Landing Restaurant (order & pay on your own) and finally we will enjoy a one-hour narrated cruise of the harbor. Cost is $26 (not including lunch.) Please sign up IMMEDIATELY in I-1 or call 781-433-6340 to be placed on the list. Friday, August 24 – 11:00 - Lunch Bunch Trip to the Mission Oak Grill - Set in the beautiful seaside town of historic Newburyport, Massachusetts, this month’s choice is an inviting, warm restaurant filled with wood tones and classic leather. Converted from a historic Newburyport church, Mission Oak Grill is a city-style steak house with Brazilian flair. The menu offers a nice selection of seafood, steak, chops, burgers, sandwiches and more. It has received many rave reviews, including the Phantom Gourmet’s “Great 8.” Sign up in I-1. Cost is $3 for transportation. You will order and pay for your own meal at the restaurant. Wednesday, August 29 – 1:00 – (rescheduled from July) - Trip to the Boston Harbor Discoveries Cruise which departs from the New England Aquarium. You will be boarding a brand new high-speed catamaran for a 90-minute narrated tour featuring all the breathtaking sights of Boston Harbor including stunning views of the Boston waterfront and skyline, the USS Constitution, the Boston Harbor Islands and much more. The boat has a handicap-accessible main deck and restrooms and full service food and beverages onboard (order and pay on your own.) Cost is $18. Please sign up IMMEDIATELY in I-1 or call 781-433-6340 to be placed on the list. Friday, August 31 – 1:00 – Pay a return trip to our bus driver Jim’s favorite local ice cream stand, Crescent Ridge in Sharon, MA. Whose summer is complete without ordering an ice cream from a window on a hot sunny day, while trying to choose between all the delicious flavors! Don’t forget to bring your appetite – Crescent Ridge certainly gives you your money’s worth! Cost is $3. Sign up in I-1 or call 781-433-6340 to be placed on the list. Coming Attractions! Resident Requested: A Boston Ballet Package for three ballets in orchestra seats $216. Sign up for the ENTIRE series NOW in I-1! Thursday, October 25, 2007 – 6:00 – Bus departs for Boston Ballet productions of La Sylphide, a beautiful story ballet set in the Scottish Highlands, La Sylphide’s classic choreography and ageless notion of ideal love continues to move and captivate audiences. Don’t miss the production The Boston Globe called “beautifully distilled and vividly theatrical.” George Balanchine’s Monumentum pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra, a perfect contrast to La Sylphide, complete the program. Thursday, February 28, 2008 – 6:00 – Bus departs for Boston Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet. The narrative gifts of John Cranko have thrilled Boston Ballet audiences and earned the acclaim of critics, first in 2002 with the heartbreaking Onegin, and th en in 2004 with the delightful The Taming of the Shrew. Romeo and Juliet completes the trilogy of Cranko’s full-length masterpieces. His exquisitely rendered ballet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magnificent score, is an inspired realization of William Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Escape to Verona and experience the great drama and passion, the wonderful pas de deux and big ensemble pieces that make this Romeo and Juliet a triumph. The New York Times raved, “John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet is arguably the best dance treatm ent of Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet score.” Thursday, May 8, 2008 – 6:00 – Bus departs for Boston Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen’s 2004 production of Swan Lake was called “a must-see” by Christine Temin in The Boston Globe. “Characters under a spell themselves cast one on us too,” she wrote. You won’t want to miss the return engagement of one of the world’s most beloved ballets, danced to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score.